Faculty Achievements

Faculty Achievements

Our M.A. in History of Christianity faculty are accomplished scholars, writers, and researchers in the biblical studies field.

Larsen awarded highest degree in Historical Theology

Dr. Timothy Larsen received the Doctor of Divinity from the University of Edinburgh, a degree higher than a traditional Ph.D., awarded to scholars of theology who have achieved international eminence in their field.
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McNutt wins first place in Christianity Today's Science Essay Contest

Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt's essay, "The Clergy Behind Science as We Know It" was the first place winner of the 2017 Christianity Today's Science Writing Contest. (November 27, 2017)
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McNutt receives Westmont College 80th Anniversary Alumni Award

Given for those alumni who exemplify Westmont’s mission “to cultivate thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and the world."

Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize awarded to Jennifer McNutt

The Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize honors outstanding scholarship in church history by a first-time author. Awarded by the American Society of Church History.
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2014 Book of the Year for Dr. Timothy Larsen

Dr. Timothy Larsen’s The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith, Oxford University Press, was named Book of the Year for 2014  by Books & Culture. In 2006, his Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England, Oxford University Press, had also been named Book of the Year by Books & Culture, making Larsen the only author who has ever won this award twice. 


"Larsen tells the stories of a half-dozen highly influential figures in the history of British anthropology, several of whom were themselves practicing Christians (while also showing how dubious were the conclusions of some anthropologists who thought they were indeed refuting Christian beliefs). Witty, penetrating, following the evidence where it leads, this book is a great delight." - John Wilson

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Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt Elected to a Prestigious Society

Jennifer Powell McNuttDr. Jennifer McNutt, Director of the History of Christianity program, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

The Royal Historical Society "has become the foremost society in the UK working with professional historians and advancing the scholarly study of the past." The fellowship is granted to those who "have made a significant and original contribution to historical scholarship." For more on the Royal Historical Society, please visit their website.

Dr. McNutt has also recently received other research and professional honors including:

  • University of St. Andrews’ Institute of Intellectual History – Visiting Fellow (2015-2016)
  • University of Cambridge – Trinity Hall Exchange Fellowship (2015-2016)
  • The Huntington Library – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow (2015-2016)
  • Wheaton College – GPS Faculty Global Research Award (2014-2015)